The OFN 2017 Board Elections campaign is on! There are ten candidates for four seats on the OFN Board. Get to know each one by visiting the campaign site here.
OFN Members vote on the OFN Board at the OFN Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 28, from 8:45 AM–10:15 AM. Can’t make it to the Conference? Contact Seth Julyan to vote by proxy!
CDFI Connect spoke with Anne Dyjak, Managing Director, Capital Investments, Primary Care Development Corporation to learn more about the candidate. Check out Anne’s candidate video and statement here.
Tell us a little about yourself and what motivates you to keep pushing for the industry:
I am the Managing Director of Capital Investments at Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a national community development loan fund committed to catalyzing healthy thriving communities in underserved areas with a 25-year history of capital investment, capacity building technical assistance and advocacy. I have over 30 years of lending experience during which time I have had the pleasure of working in the CDFI industry and traditional banking. I am a lifelong conservationist (some of you may know that I am also a birding enthusiast) and I am a rather spirited participant in community activist groups on voter engagement and social justice. I treasure opportunities to connect to people and places, and this motivates me to work with my colleagues in ensuring our society is fair, respectful, healthy, and vibrant.
Recent events on the national landscape have focused attention on the inequalities and disparities that exist across the country and reinforce how incredibly important our work is. I am motivated and inspired to work with my colleagues and partners in community development particularly at this critical moment in time in our country where we have the potential to transform underserved communities to be ones of equity and inclusion, where everyone has access to jobs which pay a living wage, safe affordable housing, education, healthy foods, and high-quality health care.
What do you think is the most important role for OFN in the CDFI industry right now?
CDFIs are extremely effective at leveraging public funding with private investment to fund innovative solutions to meet the diverse needs of underserved communities—maximizing impact and stretching precious public dollars. In the best of circumstances raising low-cost, flexible capital to fund these programs is challenging, however in this current environment, where traditional public and private funding we have relied upon in the past are at risk of becoming even more limited, we are confronted with a new set of challenges.
I am encouraged by the resourcefulness and ingenuity of our industry in identifying and cultivating new sources of capital to fund the important work we do. The recent examples of CDFIs accessing the capital markets and attracting new impact investors is exciting and puts our industry on a course towards greater sustainability. One of the most important roles OFN can perform is to work with industry leaders and partners to improve access to capital for all CDFIs, regardless of size, geography, or sector. OFN can be catalytic by bringing together CDFIs to share expertise and collaborate to source and cultivate new sources of capital, aggregate data to strengthen and articulate our message to increase awareness, and develop innovative ways to preserve and protect the flow of resources to the communities we serve while managing new risks as the environment changes dramatically. I believe this is critical for our industry to continue to deliver on our mission as CDFIs to ensure improved—in the worst case uninterrupted—access to resources and services for underserved people and businesses so that they may be successful and flourish in healthy, vibrant communities.
What will you bring to the OFN Board during the next three years?
I bring commitment, passion and a breadth of experience to the OFN board. Like some of my colleagues at peer CDFIs, I came to the industry following an initial career in traditional banking. Throughout my career, I have gained experience working with the diverse clients OFN’s membership serves. I have had the opportunity to work in urban and rural communities, with homebuyers, small business owners, and real estate developers, providing financing that enabled people to buy their first home and businesses to expand services. I have had the privilege of partnering with many talented CDFI’s across the country and value collaboration and the contribution of unique perspectives and expertise. I am committed to supporting the membership of OFN, addressing the challenges and opportunities before us - from capitalization to technology to impact evaluation to professional development of our future CDFI leaders. I am passionate about strengthening our industry and supporting OFN’s mission of leading and supporting CDFIs and our partners to ensure that underserved people and communities have access to responsible, affordable capital and services so that we may help build and develop equitable, healthy, thriving communities.
To ensure an efficient voting process, please identify your CDFI’s Voting Delegate in advance of the September 28 Membership Meeting and contact Emily Tunney with the delegate’s name. Voting Delegates will be able to pick up their ballots 30 minutes before the start of the Membership Meeting.